Take a step back. Stop what you are doing. Your PC may not be only yours anymore. It may have already become an algorithm-solving machine for hackers mining for cryptocurrency.
The paranoia is justified and steps must be taken to protect your precious system against the onslaughts of such cyber threats.
Lately, there have been too many full-blown cyber attacks in the form of data leaks, security breaches, password managers failing, systems becoming victims of cryptojacking. It’s scary!
Many of you must now be thinking “what the hell is cryptojacking”. Let me shed some light on the matter first.
WHAT THE HELL IS CRYPTOJACKING?
Notorious hackers are lurking around, looking for a victim whose system they can hijack for mining cryptocurrency without the knowledge of the owner of the system. This is what the digital world is calling cryptojacking.
It was not so simple earlier where the victim had to install some malicious software for the hijackers to gain access to the system.
HOW DOES CRYPTOJACKING WORK?
It’s like dodging landmines in the dark. One unfortunate click and your system becomes a fly caught in the sticky spider web of some sick cryptojacker.
Here’s how such a malicious code looks like:
HOW DO I BLOCK CRYPTOJACKING ON CHROME?
Here are two ways you can protect your system from cryptojacking on Chrome.
1. No Coin – Block Miners on the Internet
No Coin is a browser extension that blocks crypto-coin miners such as Coinhive. It provides a secure way to protect yourself from cryptojackers using your system and power supply.
2. MinerBlock – Shield Yourself
MinerBlock is another browser extension that focuses on blocking in-browser cryptocurrency mining across the Internet. This extension uses two different approaches to block miners.
The other approach against cryptojacking adopted by MinerBlock is detecting potential mining codes in scripts on pages and killing them immediately. This allows it to block cryptojackers that run through proxies.